6 Spectacular Easter Eggs Kids Can Make
Your little ones want to take on the grown-up task of decorating Easter eggs. And they want them to look fabulous. Gone are the days of sloppy, streak-covered eggs, they promise. No more scribbles and mess, they proclaim! They’re grown-up, mature, and ready to fly solo . . .
Um . . . but, wait . . . they still need your help . . . They need an idea. Check out these cool Easter egg decorations and get your little big kids started on some superbly sophisticated crafts. They’ll be decorating and you’ll all be loving the results!
Dye and Doodle
Now that your babies are all grown up, give them full responsibility for decorating those Easter eggs. From hard-boiling to dyeing and embellishing these beauties, your big kids can manage every step.
Once the eggs are boiled and cool, your children should rub them with a little white vinegar to help the dyes stick. Have them read the instructions on the dye package and make pigmented baths in their choice of colors. They can then be in charge of dyeing the eggs and building a dry rack by placing a pin every one inch on a Styrofoam board both vertically and horizontally to make a grid.
When the eggs are dry, kids can use metallic pens, a white correction pen, or a simple colored Sharpies to create wild designs and fun patterns. Go for monochrome eggs with gold drawings. Or make your white doodles stand out against pops of color. Beautiful eggs for real big kids!
Major Marbling Madness
For super fun swirling effects your kids will appreciate, head over to the nearest makeup counter for some nail polish. The more shades you get, the better. And feel free to try out metallic and glitter polishes too. Use the cheapest brands you can find . . . the eggs won’t care!
Have your children fill a plastic container with room temperature water. They can then pour in different shades of polish and swirl the colors together using a plastic paintbrush, a straw, or wooden stirrer.
Holding a blown-out egg between just two fingers, your kiddos can then quickly submerge it, roll it around underwater, and pull it back up through the polish with the white side facing up. Warning! Fingers will get messy. If you’re not into using acetone to remove polish from kids’ hands, have them use latex gloves instead.
Place marbleized eggs on a drying rack made by placing a pin every one inch on a Styrofoam board both vertically and horizontally to make a grid. And continue with the dunk and dye. You can add more colors to what you already have or remove previous polishes with a plastic spoon to start afresh. Try single shades too for a stunning effect.
Tip: Nail polish can get pretty stinky so avoid the fumes and take this craft outside. Your kiddos will want to keep those brain cells!
Spin a Colorful Yarn
Kids will have no trouble at all managing this craft. Simply arm them with a paintbrush, some tacky glue, and brightly colored yarn. Kids can decide to go for an ombré look or full-on rainbow. Playing with different widths and colors of yarn makes this a fun craft for your big kids.
For this activity, stay away from hard-boiled eggs. Your decorations will be so cute, you’ll want to keep them for years to come – and getting off all that yarn will not make these easy to eat! Instead, use blown-out eggs, wooden ones or even plastic.
For an easy start, place the egg in an eggcup to hold it steady (a cardboard egg carton works too). Have your kids dab on a bit of tacky glue to the pointy side of the egg and lay down the yarn in a circle, and wrap it around until all the glue is covered. They can then continue gluing and wrapping the entire egg, flipping it over in the cup when necessary. When changing colors, simply snip off the yarn, glue down, and pick up with the new color where the last one stopped. Pair them with some of your hand-painted ones in similar colors for a nice contrast.
Simply Irresistible Easter Eggs
If you really feel that your children are grown-up and mature enough to handle it, rubber cement can be used for a gorgeously modern-looking Easter egg craft. The glue resists dyes, allowing for some awesome drizzles of color blocking. So get out into a nicely ventilated area and watch your kids make some amazing looking eggs!
Let your children drizzle, drip, and splatter the eggs with rubber cement. The more glue, the more intricate the designs will be. Kids can experiment with thicker and thinner lines of glue depending on how charged their brush is.
Once the glue has dried, have your children dye their eggs according to the dye package instructions. When dry, simply have them peel off the rubber cement. They can choose to keep their lines white or dye again for a two-tone look. For even more shades, they can partially remove the rubber, dye, dry, remove glue, and dye again. Your children will be impressed with the results!
Chalk It Up to Creativity
Are your kids excited about the responsibility but nervous about the result? Cut them some slack with this chalkboard paint craft that makes fixing mistakes more than easy.
Use blown-out eggs to make painting them easy and mess-free. Just have your kiddos pull a thin, wooden skewer stick through the egg’s holes and lay it over an empty shoe box to make painting clean and easy. Kids can then paint their eggs with chalkboard paint. Allow the eggs to dry and apply a second coat.
Once dry, let the kiddos use chalk markers to decorate their eggs. They come in a variety of colors just like real chalk but you’ll be able to get cleaner, bolder lines . . . no dust and no smearing. And if your children aren’t happy with their drawing, simply clean it off and let them have another go!
Go for the Gold
Your Easter egg hunt has never been more luxurious with these incredibly beautiful gold-leaf eggs. So head over to a craft store for your Easter egg dying kit and a gold leafing one too. Note: Make sure your kit includes the leafing glue, gold leaf sheets, and sealer.
Have your kiddos prepare their drying rack by placing a pin every one inch on a Styrofoam board both vertically and horizontally to make a grid. They can then get their favorite shades going to dye their blown-out eggs. Once the eggs are dyed and dried, cut each of your gold sheets into quarters. Brush on the leafing glue in patches, here and there on the egg while it’s still on the drying rack . . . you don’t want to get the glue on your hands or the gold will stick to you as well as the egg.
Lay the gold sheet on the egg and use it to pick it up. Make sure all parts of your egg are covered with gold. Use a foam brush to rub away at the gold paper so that it only sticks to the areas that had glue. Beautiful marbleized goodness! Seal it now because you’re going to want to enjoy it for years to come.
Which Easter decorating crafts have you entrusted to your grown-up kids? Share your stories with us!Tags : celebrations holidays easter